Brian Blueskye
Jacob Garcia. Credit: Brian Blueskye

If you haven’t yet caught a set by When Tides Turn, you’re missing out: The band beautifully mixes together the melodic and aggressive sides of metal. Catch them at 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13, at Kilo’s Cantina in Thousand Palms, performing along with Annabelle Asylum, Instigator, Ormus and Decapitate the Kause. For more information, visit When Tides Turn frontman Jacob Garcia, was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13; here are his answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

In college, I got to see Head Automatica play. It was a super-small little plaza show; that was really cool. Then (UC-Santa Barbara music festival) Extravaganza came, and I saw Saosin; that was awesome. It was my first pit experience, too. I took a hit to the gut, and that kept me out for the rest of the song.

What was the first album you owned?

I remember having NSYNC’s No Strings Attached when I was a kid. First album I bought? I’m having a hard time remembering because of how many I burnt instead of buying. It might have been Nickelback’s Silver Side Up. Say what you want about them, but “How You Remind Me” was my JAM!

What bands are you listening to right now?

A lot of Vitalism, Oceans Ate Alaska, Veil of Maya, Autonomist, and Angel Vivaldi. My guitarist got me into the Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, too. … I’ve also been revisiting Last Winter recently.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

That one’s hard, because I try to see what a person may like in something, and sometimes you just have to understand that some songs/genres aren’t going to appeal to you, because you’re not part of the aimed demographic. If I had to pick something, I guess the whole (concept of) “selling out.” Everyone wants to be able to make a living off what they make, and if I have to make some changes for that to happen, I’m in.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Killswitch Engage while Howard Jones was the singer. I love Jesse Leach just as much, but I never saw Howard, and I wish I had.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

I don’t feel bad listening to it, but early 2000s R&B and hip hop could be a guilty pleasure, I guess.

What’s your favorite music venue?

It’s a tie between Glass House and the Observatory—and, of course, The Hood Bar and Pizza!

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

That changes every 60 seconds. … But yesterday, it was, “They say what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. It’s killing me, killing me. There’s no one to keep me strong,” from Shields’ “It’s Killing Me.” Shields was going for catchy, and it worked!

What band or artist changed your life? How?

The whole singing and screaming in a song changed my life, because I keep finding new inspirations and aspects to improve myself. I’d say A Dozen Furies was a solid benchmark of: “I wanna be able to sing and scream like THAT GUY.”

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

I’d ask Jake (Luhrs) of August Burns Red to explain what he was inspired by and listening to, and what he had in mind when he went in to record Messengers. He’s got this amazing range in screaming, and I’d like to know who and what made him decide what he does in that album.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Dearly Beloved” by Yoko Shimomura.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

In Love and Death by The Used. It’s one of the few albums I can listen to from beginning to end.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“Keep on Running” by Gabriel Garzón-Montano. (Scroll down to hear it!)

Brian Blueskye

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Brian Blueskye moved to the Coachella Valley in 2005. He was the assistant editor and staff writer for the Coachella Valley Independent from 2013 to 2019. He is currently the...